MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

520 views

How do I begin a paragraph in an English essay?

The best way to begin a paragaph for any essay subject is to write a "topic sentence". A topic sentence is a sentence that clearly defines the content you will tackle in the paragraph and is a direct answer to the essay question. It should be a mini introductory sentence that signposts to the marker what you are wanting to argue.

For example, if your essay is about the benefits of knowing the context of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Fautus, and you wish to talk about the reaction of a contemporary audience, you could begin the paragraph: "It could be argued that it is helpful to understand the historical religious and political context of Doctor Faustus when considering the auidence for whom Marlowe was writing."

A topic sentence helps focus the paragraph for the marker, but also for you. When writing coursework, it is often helpful to just read the topic sentence from each paragraph and see if you have a clear structure to your essay.

If you want to be more sophistocated, paragraphs later in the essay could also include a linking sentence. A linking sentence simply links the argument from the previous paragraph to this one. If in the previous paragraph you were discussing the unreliability of contextual knowledge, you could start the paragraph: "Although we cannot be certain of Marlowe's personal religious beliefs, it could be argued that it is still helpful to understand the historical religious and political context of Doctor Faustus when considering the auidence for whom Marlowe was writing."

Imogen B. A Level English tutor, GCSE English Language tutor, A Level...

2 years ago

Answered by Imogen, an A Level English Literature tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

71 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£24 /hr

Shani T.

Degree: History and English Literature (Masters) - Glasgow University

Subjects offered: English Literature, History+ 4 more

English Literature
History
English and World Literature
English Language
-Personal Statements-

“I am a first-year student currently studying English Literature, History and Politics at the University of Glasgow, working towards a Masters in History.English Literature and History are both huge passions of mine, both being subjec...”

£24 /hr

Megan S.

Degree: English (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: English Literature, Psychology+ 2 more

English Literature
Psychology
History
-Personal Statements-

“I am a student of English Literature at Durham University. I absolutely love literature; although I also take a keen interest in psychology, having taken modules in that as well during my time at the university. I have a real passion ...”

£24 /hr

Kate M.

Degree: Combined Honours in Social Sciences (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics+ 2 more

English Literature
Philosophy and Ethics
History
-Personal Statements-

“Hi! I’m Kate and I’m a student at Durham University. My degree is made up of History and Politics modules, as well as some English Literature, Anthropology, and Art History, so I’m well equipped to provide as indepth or broad an insig...”

About the author

£20 /hr

Imogen B.

Degree: English Literature and Philosophy (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

Subjects offered: English Literature, Religious Studies+ 8 more

English Literature
Religious Studies
Psychology
Philosophy and Ethics
Music
Maths
English and World Literature
English Language

“Top tutor from the renowned Russell university group, ready to help you improve your grades.”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level English Literature questions

How do I begin to analyse an unseen text? (AQA)

How do I approach an essay in my English A Level Exam?

How do I structure an essay for an A/A*?

How do I write a good 'How far do you agree' essay answer?

View A Level English Literature tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok